The Gentle Heroes
Within the realm of mankind there are those that exceed the expectations of the human soul,
For they are the epitome of good will, and the extended hand of God,
They come when called no questions asked,
giving of themselves and their time.
Neither for money nor fame, but only to serve their fellow man,
They believe themselves neither as heroes nor as gods,
But as simply doing their job.
Their answer to the call of need is, "How can I help?"
Their answer to danger is, "It needs to be done."
Their answer to their death is, "Please take care of my family."
For there is no greater sacrifice then to give your life for another,
Yet they do so without thought.
Willing to leave behind their families for a stranger,
Offering to give their life for someone not known,
And once gone, their gentle souls committed to the ages
Never again to be replaced.
Let us never forget these perished men and women,
Take one moment to honor their passing,
For ours is the greatest loss of all. They lived to serve us,
And in death they are the gentle heroes we have loved and lost.
Let their memory shine forever, a monument to humanity.
"From the thrill of victory to the agony of defeat" well describes Saturday, May 12 at the Del Valle Softball Complex. Firefighters from eight area fire departments came together for a day of competition, fun and camaraderie.
Fire departments represented this year were Travis
County ESD#3 Oak Hill, Travis County ESD#2 Pflugerville, Travis County ESD#8 Pedernales, Travis County ESD#9 Westlake, Travis County ESD#11 Fire and Rescue, Austin Bombaros, Austin Central and Austin Heat.
Sadly, Belton Fire Department, who has won the last three consecutive games, was not able to make it this year. However they made sure the traveling trophy made it back to ground zero. Belton FD, you were surely missed and we hope to see you in 2019.
"Congratulations" to the first place team this year, Austin Heat!! This team won the first tournament held in 2010. The only thing they took home that first year were bragging rights. This year they took home the coveted traveling trophy, first place tournament dominoes AND bragging rights for the year!
The team Austin Bombaros won second place. "Congratulations", they took home second place tournament dominoes.
We want to thank all the teams, families, friends and game officials who came out to this years tournament. On behalf of the Oak Hill Fire Foundation for the Cohnway Matthew Johnson Scholarship Fund and our future firefighters, we thank you!
Many thanks to our host team, Travis County ESD#3 Oak Hill
(r) 2018 Winners - Austin Heat
(l) 2nd place - Austin Bombaros
with the traveling trophy
One of the first teams to hit the fields are Austin Central and ESD#11 Travis County Fire & Rescue
Our "hometown" team Pflugerville watches the action on the field.
Cadet Gavin Ludemann with wife Emma